Things we didn't used to have to ask the government to do

Stats, Banking, FBI, MS Bills

Easter

Today is Good Friday and Sunday is Easter. God has blessed us. Let’s act like it.

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“The right to self-defense does not depend on statistics.”

And don’t get in the weeds arguing about that. However, since you asked, look at “That Time The CDC Asked About Defensive Gun Uses.”

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Reasons to carry

Banking updates

The Wells Fargo board of directors has voted not to handle banking for companies that make or sell modern sporting rifles. They’re getting out of the gun industry, but they’re not issuing public statements or putting it in writing. Companies using Wells Fargo are now looking for new banking relationships.

JP Morgan is apparently doing the same thing, PNC Bank has an anti-gun policy in place and is also terminating business with gun customers, and TD Bank wants to know all about your customers and their customers in an effort to police according to their “ethics.”

Bankers are getting right down there with lawyers…

NRA

The NRA is claiming a membership surge in the first quarter of this year, in response to Democrats’ major gun control initiatives. That’s great. Now if NRA would get rid of EVP Wayne LaPierre and clean house, we can get on with business.

Litigation

Pro-gunners won the case Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Forest Service when a federal judge in Arizona held that hunters’ use of traditional lead ammo for hunting on National Forests does not violate federal environmental law.

About the Chauvin trial.

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch has joined 22 states in an amicus brief urging the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the Second Amendment and declare California’s law limiting magazine capacity as unconstitutional, which it is.

Enemies

Et tu, Rob? Rob Pincus, Executive Director of the Personal Defense Network, Executive Vice President of the “Second Amendment Organization,” (yeah, I’ve never heard of it either), and owner of I.C.E. Training Company, has come out in favor of expanded background checks for gun sales.

Also, a follow-up interview with Rob, FWIW.

certified firearms instructor

The CCRKBA has updated it’s anti-gunner list.

The Pope. Yes, that one.

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When they say they don’t want your guns

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The Only Ones

An unidentified law enforcement officer was stopped at a Reagan National Airport security checkpoint with a loaded handgun in his carry-on items. It is illegal for non-federal LEOs to carry onto commercial planes without a job-related reason and paperwork. Federal LEOs do not have to have a reason but do have to declare the weapon and show their credentials. Either way, it’s not wise to have it in a bag instead of on one’s person. After the man was identified as a LEO legally carrying the weapon in the airport (but not on the plane), he was released without being charged.

How many non-LEOs who commit this crime would be released without being charged?

An unidentified Miami Beach police officer was reprimanded after a cell phone video went viral of him holding a rifle over his head pointing it in the general direction of police activity inside an apartment.

FBI

The FBI is adding non-prohibited persons to the NICS system, thus preventing them from buying guns at retail, even though the FBI knows the sales would be legal.

Is the FBI letting mass killers run loose?

Armed forces?

Federal prosecutors have charged a 66-year-old Arizona man accused of forcing off the road a National Guard convoy transporting COVID-19 vaccines in West Texas, then holding 11 guard members at gunpoint. He apparently did that all by himself. That certainly makes one wonder about the competence of our “armed forces.”

This week the Pentagon overturned Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military, issuing new regulations that allow transgender people who meet military standards to enlist and serve openly in their self-identified gender, and they will be able to get medically necessary transition-related care authorized by law. Like the queer debacle, these folks are apparently also prime candidates as “prohibited persons” for gun possession under federal law, due to being mentally defective and lacking only adjudication in addition to their diagnosis.

Training

ACLDN April newsletter

The 2022 Rangemaster Tactical Conference will be held in late March at the Dallas Pistol Club in Dallas, Texas. Registration opens in May and sells out by October every year. There is no other opportunity like it available for the armed citizen who wishes to be prepared to prevent criminal violence against themselves and their families.

NICS checks

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System conducted 4,691,738 (unadjusted) background checks last month, an all-time high. It broke the record set in January of 4,317,804. Must be all those stimulus checks.

Oprah spoof - "everybody gets a gun"

Deer vs. school bus

Funny, I thought it was fish that are in schools.

Products

We have a report that ammunition manufacturers Remington and Winchester are both having serious quality-control issues.

Bob Nosler’s autobiography: Born Ballistic

Various distributors are now offering the Ruger Wrangler single action .22 revolver in a dozen colors.

Chapuis Elan Double Rifles are available in .375 H&H Flanged Magnum, .450-400 Nitro Express, and .470 Nitro Express. Starting at $11,399.

Kel-Tec’s Sub CQB is a folding, integrally-suppressed 9mm carbine that is not an SBR and sells for $995.

SWISS P, a RUAG Ammotec subsidiary company, has introduced a new sniper rifle cartridge called .375 SWISS P (9.5x70mm). This is a .375 caliber rebated rim bottleneck cartridge. It shares the same rim diameter and overall length with the .338 Lapua Magnum, however, it has a larger (15.73mm (.619″)) base diameter, yet is compatible with .338 LM bolts and magazines. To convert most .338 LM rifles into .375 SWISS P, only a barrel change should be required. It’s advertised as a cartridge that “fills the gap in ballistic performance between the .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6×70 mm) and the .50 Browning Machine Gun (12.7×99 mm).” 350-grain bullets at 2838 fps and 6269 fpe. Comparing to their own .338 LM 250-grain ball load, the company notes that the new .375 SWISS P cartridge has 40% more muzzle energy and 25% longer supersonic operational range (1600 meters).

Stackable PMag extensions

U.S. military M1152 Ball and M1153 Special Purpose 9x19mm cartridges. (+P+)

Quotes

“If we repeal all the gun laws, we won’t have to worry about the government breaking them.” – me

“There is no right to carry arms openly in public; nor is any such right within the scope of the Second Amendment.” – Ninth U.S. Circuit Court

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Mississippi legislation

Summary of gun related bills remaining this legislative session. (The Legislature quit early, leaving several bills to die in conference, although they did have time to spend surplus tax money instead of giving it back to the taxpayers.) NOT guaranteed complete.

Next deadline: All deadlines will be done by the time you read this.

http://www.legislature.ms.gov/legislation/

04/01/2021

HB 634
By: Reps. Barnett, Wallace, Smith, Calvert, Williamson, Arnold, Carpenter, Roberson, Bain, Massengill, Steverson
Ref: Jud B
PASSED HOUSE; AMENDED VERSION PASSED SENATE: DIED IN CONFERENCE

Enhances Mississippi’s preemption laws by adding state agencies to the list of entities that are prohibited from restricting the Second Amendment rights of Mississippi citizens. Criminal corruption charges provision for involved officials was removed by the Senate. Also prohibits government participation in gun buy-ups. Similar to SB 2107.
House vote here.
Senate vote here.

HB 886
By: Reps. Owen, Anderson (122nd), Felsher, Ford (73rd), McCarty, Newman,
Wright, Williamson, Brown (20th), Haney, Crawford
Ref: Ways & Means
PASSED AND SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Exempts law enforcement officers currently employed with a law enforcement agency of a municipality, county or state from CCW license application or renewal fees. While the CCW license statute specifically exempts LEOs from the requirements of that law, this bill goes on to authorize a “special” LEO CCW license, which specifically allows cops to carry in places that regular folks can’t. Which they can already do anyway without the CCW license. Go figure.

SB 2035
By: Sen. Blackwell
Ref: Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks
Amended bill PASSED SENATE; Amended version PASSED HOUSE; DIED IN CONFERENCE

Makes air guns and air bows generally legal for hunting. Funny, I thought they already were.

SB 2107
By: Sens. DeBar, Moran, Chism, Blackwell, Branning, Carter, Caughman, Chassaniol, Fillingane, Harkins, Hill, McCaughn, McMahan, Michel, Parks, Seymour, Sparks, Suber, Tate, Whaley, Williams, Younger, McLendon
Ref: Jud B
Amended version PASSED SENATE; Amended version PASSED HOUSE; DIED IN CONFERENCE

Enhances Mississippi’s preemption laws by adding state agencies to the list of entities that are prohibited from restricting the Second Amendment rights of Mississippians. Prohibits localities from restricting the possession, transfer, sale, transportation, storage, display, carry, or use of firearms during declared civil emergencies. Similar to HB 634.
Senate vote here.
House vote here.

SB 2253
By: Sen. Fillingane
Ref: Jud A
PASSED AND SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Provides the option of combining your Mississippi CCW license with your Mississippi driver’s license, instead of having two cards and licenses.

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